Cunningham: Kilpatrick knew phones were bugged

As his administration was unraveling in 2008 in the wake of the text message scandal, Kwame Kilpatrick became increasingly cautious, former aide Marc Andre Cunningham testified this morning.
At a meeting at the Manoogian Mansion, Cunningham said Kilpatrick called him to the backyard, near the Detroit River.
“It was a crazy time,” he said.

Manoogian mansion

Manoogian mansion

The two covered their mouths as they talked, fearful the FBI was watching them, Cunningham said.
After telling Cunningham he had proof the FBI had bugged their phones, Kilpatrick gave him cash to solve the problem.
“He suggested we get different phones,” Cunningham said.
So Cunningham went to a local phone store and bought five phones, he said, which had no contracts.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike has been a reporter at The Detroit News since 2006.